A former studio manager for R. Kelly said Thursday he finally quit his job after receiving a week’s pay for booking a male Disney World tour guide for the singer and his girlfriends.
Tom Arnold, who said he worked for Kelly for more than eight years, said this week’s “fine” – which cost him around $ 1,500 – came after he was forced to book a male tour guide for a “very last minute” trip for the singer and a few “guest women”.
“No one was available,” Arnold said of his decision to book a male guide from Disney, although one of Kelly’s rules insisted that he “always had to be a female guide.” The tour guide also went against the alleged rule that Kelly’s girlfriends aren’t with other men – or look them in the eye if they’re in the same neighborhood.
Arnold said that when Kelly and his guests arrived at the Orlando theme park, the singer got off the tour bus, saw the male guide, and immediately canceled the “Disney experience.” The former studio and touring director noted that this was not the first time his salary was suspended for disobeying Kelly’s intense diet.
“We’ve all been fined because someone ate their donuts,” Arnold said.
Kelly, 54, faces racketeering charges based on kidnapping, child sexual exploitation and forced labor. He is also accused of violations of the Mann Act, which prohibits the transportation of people across state borders for sexual purposes.